Alas, I have lost my crown as the warrior-queen of childbirth...

(65 Posts)

My lovely friend has today given birth to a beautiful bouncing eye-watering baby boy of 11lb13oz... I previously held the title with a solid 9lb2oz baby

though technically I still kinda retain some record, as my DS was delivered naturally (Tens plus Gas & Air) whereas my poor friend had to have a C Section as it just wasn't happening

Anyone else had little whoppers larger babies? Are the subsequent siblings actually BIGGER???


Sorry, the new baby is 10lb13oz... Stupid me phone... blush

DawnOfTheDee Tue 13-Nov-12 19:46:48

Ooooh not quite but nearly. DD was 10lb 10oz.

NickNacks Tue 13-Nov-12 19:47:46

Not bigger but my ds1 was 10lb 1oz, born unexpectedly at home with a whiff of gas and air. I was 22 and it nearly killed me!

gnocci Tue 13-Nov-12 19:48:04

DS was 9lb and I had him naturally with no pain relief. DD, born less than 2 years later was 7lb1oz!! Couldn't believe it. She hurt more though. My second labour was less than an hour.

NickNacks Tue 13-Nov-12 19:48:54

Oh and no my next two were smaller but earlier.

blondiep14 Tue 13-Nov-12 19:50:38

DS2 was 10lb 1oz and born naturally with just G&A.
DD (DC3) wasn't bigger thankfully, 9lb 3oz. (No G&A tho wink)

So a faster labour hurts more than a bigger baby?

Flisspaps Tue 13-Nov-12 19:54:05

DS was 11lb 7oz.

I attempted a homebirth with a pool and G&A but sadly he wouldn't bloody move, so I got a spinal and the salad tongs.

Can I have a sticker? grin

blondiep14 Tue 13-Nov-12 19:55:02

You get a bloody rosette fliss, no messing!

RTchoke Tue 13-Nov-12 19:55:10

DD1 was 9lbs 4oz. It hurt a lot. And took forever.
DD2 was 10lbs 2oz. It hurt less and was much quicker.

My girls are considered tiddlers by DH's family.

My SiL had a 10lbs 6oz baby boy at home with no G&A or anything.

My other SiL had a 12lbs 7oz baby by c-section. Off duty midwives came in to gawp at him.

JollyJock Tue 13-Nov-12 19:56:39

11lb 7 shock

I think you can have anything you want after birthing a baby that size.

I thought 8lb 3 oz Ds was big enough! (I am 5'1 size 10)

DawnOfTheDee Tue 13-Nov-12 19:57:04

Have I got the biggest DD on here then? Do I win something? A massage for my poor aching back would be nice.....<hopeful emoticon>

seeker Tue 13-Nov-12 19:57:05

10llb 6. 4 hours 12 minutes no pain relief. Do I win?

QueenofNightmares Tue 13-Nov-12 19:58:21

DD was 10lb 4oz natural delivery with gas and air took 3 hours to arrive and had 2 stitchs grin now pregnant again and due in April, I've been put under consultant led care because of the size of her as a first pregnancy. My family does big babies though my little brother was 13lb,

GobblersSparklyExplodingKnob Tue 13-Nov-12 19:59:38

My friend many years ago when she was only 17 had a ds of 13lb 2 with no pain relief at all (bar gas and air for the stiches).

She was amazing just wandered around and breathed him out, afterards she just said her legs hurt grin

DawnOfTheDee Tue 13-Nov-12 20:02:42

Gobblers I'm choosing to think your friend was delirious and said legs but meant fanjo grin

fuzzpig Tue 13-Nov-12 20:04:18

DS - 11lbs 14oz, didn't know he'd be so big so didn't even consider a CS.

Much easier birth than DD who was 8lbs 4oz.

Lots of admiration from MWs (who seemed to forget it is often easier to birth a bigger baby!) really got me through the hormone crash of the first few days!

Flisspaps Tue 13-Nov-12 20:04:27


CombustionEngine Tue 13-Nov-12 20:10:13

Ds1 was 12lb 4oz, c-section due to presentation.

Ds2 was 9lb 14oz,forceps. I think of him as my little one!

EnjoyResponsibly Tue 13-Nov-12 20:11:30

10lb 5oz with enough epidural to stun a herd of elephants.


Just as well because I had more stitches than the Bayeux (sp) tapestry confused

Fillybuster Tue 13-Nov-12 20:15:16

DC1 was 8lb 11oz, back to back, induced 13 days late, 39 hours, epidural, epesiotomy and ventouse

DC2 was 8lb 9oz, back to back, natural labour 8 days late, 26 hours and epidural (and lots of tearing)

DC3 was 9lb 4oz, back to back, 10 days late, natural labour, 15 hours and paracetamol (and some tearing, but you can't have everything....)

IME they get bigger, but better....!

ISeeThreadPeople Tue 13-Nov-12 20:18:45

It is often much easier to birth a bigger baby and not more painful in any proven or demonstrable way.

But if it's a competition you're after...

I had a 7lbs 12oz dd who I couldn't fit through my pelvis, 31hr labour including an 8hr second stage, every intervention going and emcs.

Then a 6lbs 13oz ds who I still couldn't fit through my pelvis and had an emcs after 38hrs.

So I get the 'shit at childbirth' crown surely?

MrsCampbellBlack Tue 13-Nov-12 20:21:30

Isee - I am also shit at childbirth but have babies with very large heads, a very tall husband and I am a mere 5ft.

But much respect to those who breathed out any baby smile

Aww ISee, have a special badge I made just for you... And big flowery badges and crowns to everyone else, hurrah! smile

PurplePidjin Tue 13-Nov-12 20:27:27

Friend's baby was 10lb15 on g+a and tens - no time for epi as she was at MLU.

Imminent childbirth holds far less fear for me knowing she came through relatively unscathed back in her size 10s within 3 months without even trying grin

JoandMax Tue 13-Nov-12 20:33:43

My 1st was 9lb 3oz - I actually didn't think he was that big as both DH and I are from families with large babies.

My 2nd was 10lb 15oz at 38 weeks - he seemed massive and I often wonder how big he would of got if I'd gone 2 weeks over....

Both were CS though, DS1 a crash and DS2 a necessity!

Slightly worried how big a 3rd would be though

chutneypig Tue 13-Nov-12 20:39:04

DC1 was 9 lb 2. DC2 didn't quite make 6 lb.

But they were born 2 minutes apart grin.

Oh my god, chutney gets the prize!

FirstTimeForEverything Tue 13-Nov-12 20:47:23

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Easier? Really?

DawnOfTheDee Tue 13-Nov-12 20:53:24

I think i saw someone on another thread say it was something to do with more pressure on the cervix FirstTime.

chutneypig Tue 13-Nov-12 20:53:28

They did cause quite a stir in the theatre. I lay there thinking 'that's a big baby' and I'd been told they were the same size. And that was at 38 weeks,I shudder to think what would have happened if DS had been left to his own devices. He was the big one and was not shifting.

Fillybuster Tue 13-Nov-12 20:53:53

I wish I could breathe out babies. I have friends who managed this and am still massively fact, I would probably have considered having more than 3 dcs if I wasn't so utterly shit at childbirth and pregnancy

SabrinaMulhollandJjones Tue 13-Nov-12 21:04:38

My dc3 was 9lb 11oz - back to back, natural birth and I had only gas and air. I remember screaming for an epidural at one stage, but I was told it was so far along it wasn't worth it. There were a lot of stitches.

I still remember the pain now. I def felt like I deserved a medal ;)

Weight wise, she dropped to the 50th centile pretty quickly and has followed it ever since.

TigerFeet Tue 13-Nov-12 21:05:27

I know two people who had 11lb+ babies.

First one was around 11lb 7oz - born by cs after labour failed to progress.
Second one was a bit bigger and born vaginally but got stuck, had his arm broken on teh way out and wasn't breathing at first. Happily he's fine now at 6mo.

They both looked like newborns though, people seemed to think they'd look like older babies because they were bigger hmm. They still had squishy faces and ears flat to the sides of their heads. They were just, well, a bit bigger than my two 7ish pounders grin

motherinferior Tue 13-Nov-12 21:07:34

DP's best mate at school was built like a brick shithouse and was the runt of the family; DP informs me that best mate's SIL gave birth to TWINS both of whom weighed over 10lbs shock

holy hell motherinferior!!!!!!
A friend at work had a thirteen pounder. naturally.

the midwife guessed that mine is weighing about 8lbs- I bloody hope so! I'm 5 days overdue now though....

CheerfulYank Tue 13-Nov-12 21:15:32

Eeek! DS was 8.9 and that was more than enough! shock

AndiMac Tue 13-Nov-12 21:15:40

DD was 9lbs, born after 4 days of contractions finally developed into what the midwives like to call "proper" contractions, after a few hours sleep with the help of pethidine. It had worn off by the time we got to the pushing stage.

DS was 9lb 15oz, born 8 hours after I had felt the first twinge. Used a TENS and some G&A. He was considerably bigger, but a lot was in length, not girth, thank goodness.

But I figure that usually every baby after the first born naturally is going to be easier because, ahem, the pipes have been cleared already.

RosannaBanana Tue 13-Nov-12 21:21:15

My DD is 13 pounds now. She is 3 months old, and quite a chunky baby, plus very long. The thought of giving birth to her now... Can barely imagine it. Well done big baby ladies smile

Meglet Tue 13-Nov-12 21:25:13

XP was a thirteen pounder (her third baby), his mum showed me his birth record. He grew up the size of a brick shithouse.

'Sadly' I had to have an CS's with our DC's, DS was 2 weeks early and already 7lb 6.

Welovecouscous Tue 13-Nov-12 21:30:52

Mine was 9lbs 2 as well and I felt quite warrior queenish when I pushed him out naturally with just gas and air. THREE hours pushing hmm

Crikeyblimey Tue 13-Nov-12 21:42:57

Dh was 11lbs and my mil had home birth and says she never felt a thing!! Literally a painless labour!! Pushing him out "smarted" a bit she said!! Mad cow! I met the midwife at a family wedding (very small town, very old lady) and she told me that he was the biggest and easiest baby she'd ever delivered in her 40 years as a midwife smile

His older sister was far smaller and she said that hurt like he'll!

When I was pg, I prayed that ds would take after me and not dh. I weighed 4lbs 14.

Brockle Tue 13-Nov-12 21:53:20

Me too welove, feel rather pathetic now. 39 weeks today and started to worry when the NW asked how big my other two were. She said he is definitely nearer the 9lb 2oz than the 7lb 11oz. No shit sherlock.

Brockle Tue 13-Nov-12 21:53:20

Me too welove, feel rather pathetic now. 39 weeks today and started to worry when the NW asked how big my other two were. She said he is definitely nearer the 9lb 2oz than the 7lb 11oz. No shit sherlock.

I delivered an 11lb (and half an ounce) baby at home 2 years ago. He was baby number 4. I used gas and air and a tens machine. It was hard work, but ok. No damage done! He could hold his head up right away and was soooo fat! He had really broad shoulders and huge hands and feet. He looked new, but was as big as my 3 month old nephew.

It absolutely was not easier to deliver him than the others who weighed 8.13, 9.7 and 7.15. Some people seem to think big babies crawl out by themselves! The first stage was the same for all, but the second stage was most definitely harder.

I'm pg with dc5 now, and I am a little worried about this one being as big.

Chutney do you have any bump photos? I only got to 30 weeks with 2 three pounders and I felt GINORMOUS. I just can't imagine where another 9lbs of baby might've gone!

BerthaTheBogBurglar Tue 13-Nov-12 22:02:56

Good grief at 13 pound babies. My 3 added together would still only be 14lbs.

Dd was 6 months old before she weighed 13 pounds.

You lot can keep your crowns. I have newborn baby hats that fit tangerines ...

steppemum Tue 13-Nov-12 22:05:52

1st - 10lbs 1oz
2nd - 8lbs 7oz (but she was early)
3rd - 10lbs 7oz.

1st was hardest, he had the biggest head I have ever seen, baby hats didn't fit, 0-3 month hats didn't fit, seriously ouch grin

5madthings Tue 13-Nov-12 22:07:19

ds4 was 10lb 13oz, had him in a the pool, labour was an hour, just gas and air and he had a 42cm head circumference which is off the top of the chart in the red book, the midwife was amazed at the size of his head and remeasured it 3 times to check, i also had a huge placenta. his was my easiest birth.

my others were 9lb+ apart from dd who was a teeny 8lb smile hers was the hardest birth, but she was back to back.

Poledra Tue 13-Nov-12 22:14:47

I was 7lb 13 at birth. My twin brother was 6lb 12. My poor mother (though we were c-section as bro was a transverse lie, and underneath me).

BardOfBarking Tue 13-Nov-12 22:16:49

DD 7lb 14oz Venteuse
DS 11lb 1oz (I TOLD them he felt big) born at home with Gas & Air
DS 8lb 6oz Born 2 weeks early by c-section

3 very different births.

BreconBeBuggered Tue 13-Nov-12 22:27:41

DS1 was just under 8lb, but we were in a ward full of 10 and 11lb giants, and he looked tiny. DS2 weighed slightly less than his brother but this time around the other babies in the ward were 5 and 6-pounders and he was the strapping monster.

I got the award for being the crappiest at birth both times. No Caesarean, but pretty much everything else. Up to and including a million stitches, which burst and got infected.

niniane Tue 13-Nov-12 22:39:47

DD was 10lb 13oz. I have never been so happy as I was when they said I needed an emcs. She wasn't a particularly chunky baby but was very long (61cm).

1944girl Tue 13-Nov-12 23:19:07

I am another s...... at childbirth.DS1 was 7lbs 12oz, DS2 was 7lbs 3oz both born by EMCS as could not pass through my pelvis-I am 4ft 10ins.
My late MIL said her first one weighed 14lbs born at home.Mind you had to take a pinch of salt with certain things she said.

chutneypig Wed 14-Nov-12 06:22:54

Not for late on Twelve unfortunately, always regret that. My bump wasn't as big as it might seem. I think he got so big because his backside was stuck right by my belly button, so I still stretched. DD was tucked up the side and didn't have as much room. I looked really lopsided.

I didn't look pregnant from behind so that gave some people a shock. One girl nudged her friend and said bloody hell look at that. Given she was a student in a medical school, I hope her bedside manner has improved!

Flisspaps Wed 14-Nov-12 08:17:49

Bertha DS had a 40.5 CM head, we wedged a newborn hat on him and watched it ping off across the cubicle - hilarious!

5madthings Wed 14-Nov-12 08:44:42

Ds4's head was 42cm i had a really cute hat and matching outfit i had to put on him when i took it off he had a line on his forehead where the hat had bedn too small blush in my defence he only wore iy long enough for a photo!

javotte Wed 14-Nov-12 09:00:55

DS was 8lbs 3oz (induced, epidural)
DD1 was 8lbs 5oz (spontaneous, no pain relief at all).
DD2 was 9lbs (again, no pain relief at all).
The babies got bigger but the births got easier.

BarbecuedBillygoats Wed 14-Nov-12 09:05:07

Mine got smaller
9 14. Pethedine
8 7.5. Nothing and air makes me sick
2 12 crash section
7 14. Nothing again
Weirdly the last one had a similar size head to the first

BarbecuedBillygoats Wed 14-Nov-12 09:05:57

Mine got smaller
9 14. Pethedine
8 7.5. Nothing and air makes me sick
2 12 crash section
7 14. Nothing again
Weirdly the last one had a similar size head to the first

ISeeThreadPeople Wed 14-Nov-12 09:29:06

Big babies are easier to birth (in general terms, obviously there are exceptions, deviations and a million tales otherwise) because of the size of them. Which begs the question rather. I mean that they put more pressure on the cervix and gravity can be an enormous aid to delivery.

Okay, okay, I want an amendment to my badge. I might have been SHIT at giving birth but from below the 50th centile at birth, I grew dd off the charts by 12 weeks. She was 26lbs at 26 weeks on breastmilk alone. Now bfing I'm bloody good at (this is not true I hasten to add, the good bit, dd was 26lbs on bm alone, I was very lucky to be able to bf and dd was good at it, not me).

My dear friend had DTs, both weighing 8lbs each. She's 5ft and by the end of pregnancy could not reach round her bump and make her hands meet. She looked BEAUTIFUL. And pissed off. Babies were evicted at 39 weeks.

ISeeThreadPeople Wed 14-Nov-12 09:30:55

happy2b, my 6lber and my 7lber held their heads up at birth. I don't think it's related to size. My friend's 12lber definitely couldn't. He was oddly delicate for a fairly big baby. Like somebody else said, just a newborn but in different proportions.

Oh, I know it's not related to size-my smallest could also hold her head right away! What I meant, was it made him seem more 'grown up' to some people, coupled with his size. People assumed he was 3-4 months when he was only 3 days old.

The next babies in our family were my sisters twins, who were born at 30 weeks weighing 3lb and 2.15. She delivered them naturally and had a horrendous 6 weeks before they could come home. If there were medals being handed out, she deserved one for sure!

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